A Man with a Mission

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

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He’s known fondly by long-time Notre Dame staffers as “Eddie Freddie.” Whether Father Edward Frederick Sorin, CSC, who lived from 1814 to 1893, would have approved of this lighthearted name is difficult to judge, but the founder of Notre Dame most certainly was an exuberant man who fit in well with the fledgling spirit of the new frontier called America.…

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All About Making Movies

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

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Forget the red carpet. While working on their first feature film, All About You, writer and director Christine Ashford Swanson’94 and her husband, producer Michael Swanson ’93, quickly gained experience in the realities of Hollywood.

A week before production on the independent film was to begin, the musician/actor cast as the leading man had to drop out. So novice director Christine was forced to re-cast the role. After filming ended, the owner of three songs used in the movie asked for more money. The Swansons couldn’t afford the higher fees, so Christine commissioned three news songs and had to reshoot three scenes. And don’t even ask Michael about agents or unions or distribution.…

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Advent Calendar Offers Campus Windows into Christmas

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

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Kevin Sandberg, CSC, ‘88, ’04M.Div., wanted to share the story about God’s coming in Christmas with his niece and nephews. He just didn’t want it to sound like a lecture. And so the 2003 Notre Dame Advent calendar was born.

The 30 inset windows of the calendar are on a photograph of Sacred Heart Basilica and the Main Building. Beginning November 30, 2003, a window should be opened each day, revealing a photo and text.…

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A Traditional Irish Twist Added to Notre Dame Songs

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

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With the wearing of the green and a two-fisted leprechaun and the shouts of “Go Irish” and a campus phone book filled with Colleens and Seans and Patricks and Meghans, Notre Dame students and fans like to claim a kinship with the Emerald Isle.

Still, something’s missing. “I’m a big traditional Irish music fan,” says Tim O’Neill ‘94. "But you don’t often hear it on campus."…

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Musicians mix it up from New York to California

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

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For Joanie Mendenhall ‘00, a career in New York City’s publishing world landed her solidly in the ranks of what she calls “a glorified secretary.” She pursued her passion for music on the side, writing and performing whenever possible. For Matt Curreri ‘99, a career in New York’s education system landed him a job as a high school algebra teacher. During his spare time, he wrote, recorded and performed music.

“I knew Matt at Notre Dame, but we weren’t good friends and weren’t playing music together,” says Mendenhall.…

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Website changes

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

While the magazine you’re holding circled through the presses last month, ink pressing on the white paper, a separate piece also was taking shape. With zeros and ones – the language of computers – the web issue of this magazine was formatted.

Notre Dame Magazine has been on the web almost six years. Until now, it’s followed the format of the print issue closely. Every three months, a selection of stories from the most recent issue was posted on the web for anyone to read. We also offered various services: With one click, viewers could request a sample copy, alumni could send in a change of address, readers could e-mail a letter to the editor, freelance writers could download our writers’ guidelines.…

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Dying to Live: A Migrant's Journey dvd

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

“Who are these people, and why are they risking their lives to enter the United States?” the narrator of this documentary asks. In seeking to answer that question, the film provides both a look at the human face of the Mexican immigrant, including scenes of the harrowing journey migrants undertake to cross the U.S. border, and a discussion of the social, economic, political and religious issues involved.

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Lacrosse Pack Rat Showcases Club Years

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

Len Niessen ’68, ’69, still has all his copies of The Observer from the 1960s. The self-described “saver” is more of a historian than pack rat, however. A few years ago he sorted through material from his lacrosse-playing days at Notre Dame and sent some pages to Jack Tate ’64, ’66M.A., who founded the first lacrosse team at the University.…

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Bible Geek Speaks to Teens

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

Mark Hart ’95 calls the Trinity “the ultimate Three-for-One deal,” notes that “Catholic Christianity is not for wimps” and believes that the platypus is a sure sign that “God has an incredible sense of humor.”

Obviously, Hart also has a sense of humor. And while he says he is not “theologically brilliant,” hundreds of teenage website users clamor for his answer to their scripture questions. They know him as “the Bible Geek” and find his columns online at www.lifeteen.org. The site is a service of LIFE

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John Bellairs: The Spooky Writer Who Cast a Magic Spell

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

When the kids finish the latest Harry Potter, some fans of ghosts and spells and things that go creeeeak in the night have a suggestion: Check out the books by John Bellairs.

Bellairs, who graduated from Notre Dame in 1959, became the talk of juvenile fiction in the 1970s with the publication of The House with a Clock in Its Walls

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Books in print

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

Love & Other Recreational Sports, John Dearie ’86 (Viking). After breaking up with his cheating fiancee, Wall Street banker Jack reluctantly re-enters the dating game, and readers of this novel enter a male perspective of women, romance, sex and life in general. Jack’s funny, philosophical friend Alex, who watches reruns of Oprah

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Books in Brief

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

A Theologian’s Journey, Thomas F. O’Meara, O.P. (Paulist Press). The autobiography of a Dominican priest who has witnessed vast changes in the church and society. O’Meara is an ND emeritus professor of theology.

Chalk Dust: A Teacher’s Marks, David Ellison ’81 (Heinemann). A collection of funny, sad and poignant columns from a seventh-grade teacher who strives to make a difference in his students’ lives.…

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Wham, bam! It's a Poetry Slam

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

The one about a kitten in the microwave got loud groans of disbelief. The piece about Emmett Till, the young black man who was attacked and killed in 1955 after talking to a white woman in a southern convenience store, earned sustained applause. And the ditty about dirty laundry drew appreciative shouts of laughter from the Notre Dame students who had braved an icy February wind chill to listen to poetry at Washington Hall.

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In Print

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

. . . Ask What You Can Do For Your Country: The Memory and Legacy of John F. Kennedy, Dan B. Fleming Jr. (Vandamere Press). More than100 people share their memories of Kennedy, some focusing on that November 1963 day when he was shot, others on his significance in their lives. Father Theodore Hesburgh, CSC

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Books in Brief

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

Condi: The Condoleezza Rice Story, Antonia Felix (Newmarket Press). As President Bush’s national security adviser, Rice ‘75M.A. is definitely in the public eye. The author highlights Rice’s passions, which include family, religion, music, education and football, while tracing her path to the White House.…

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Books in Brief

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

Hidden Presence: Twelve Blessings that Transformed Sorrow or Loss, edited by Gregory F. Augustine Pierce (ACTA). A collection of personal stories about life’s trials and tragedies, and the grace that helps transform them. Contributors include Patrick Hannon, CSC, ’88M.Div., and Robert Raccuglia ’74.

The Greatest Basketball Story Ever Told: The Milan Miracle 50th Anniversary Edition

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Books in Print

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

A Journey with God in Time: A Spiritual Quest, John S. Dunne, CSC, ’51 (Notre Dame Press). Father Dunne’s autobiographical musings transport the reader on a spiritual journey through his life. Color photographs of Thomas Cole paintings serve to organize the book, carrying it through childhood, youth, adulthood and old age. The author’s relationship with his grandfather, his midlife struggle to decide between marriage and family or “a willingness to walk alone,” and his pilgrimages to Jerusalem are among the experiences he plumbs. The Notre Dame professor of theology ends the book with a song cycle that offers a poetic look as his “voyage of life.”…

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Books in Print

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

Jonathan Edwards: A Life, George M. Marsden (Yale University Press). The ND professor of history’s critically acclaimed biography of controversial Protestant theologian Edwards (1703-1758) casts light on his personal life and his theology. The author reveals Edwards’ struggles to reconcile his Puritan heritage with the secular world and his personal difficulties with his faith. Told in an easily read narrative style, the book views Edwards in the context of his time in colonial America, when the fiery preacher ignited the Great Awakening of the 18th century.…

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Books in Brief

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

Who Do You Say That I Am? Confessing the Mystery of Christ, edited by John Cavadini and Laura Holt ’92M.A., ’99Ph.D. (Notre Dame Press). Essays focusing on the identity and ministry of Jesus written by scholars of Christianity, Judaism and Islam. Notre Dame contributors include Rabbi Michael Signer and theology professors Cavadini, David Burrell, CSC

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Trio Makes Music to Soothe the Soul

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

Call them three guys who love music. Call them the liturgical trio. Or call them the instrumentalists with some popular CDs to their name.

Except their group doesn’t have a name. And that’s fine with them. The trio is made up of Michael James ’84, violin and mandolin; Craig Watz ’84, ’87J.D., acoustic bass; and Steve Warner ’80M.A., guitar, dulcimer and Celtic harp.

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Staging South Bend's Ghost Story

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

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The near south side of South Bend once smelled of sweat and security. Workers poured in and out of the giant Studebaker factories there, making cars, making healthy paychecks. The monstrous brick buildings denoted a vibrant community living off the profits of heavy manufacturing.

When Jessica Chalmers arrived as an assistant professor at Notre Dame in 1999, the Manhattan resident had never been to the Midwest. Driving around her new community, she soon learned why northern Indiana is considered part of the Rust Belt.…

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Books in brief

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

Optimal Investing: How to Protect and Grow Your Wealth with Asset Allocation, Scott P. Frush ’99MBA (Marshall Rand Publishing). A step-by-step guide on how to build a financial portfolio. The author, a certified financial planner, discusses the theories and principles of asset allocation, then offers model portfolios for investors with different desired levels of risk.

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Books in Brief, web extra

By Carol Schaal '91M.A.

New Testament Greek and Exegesis: Essays in Honor of Gerald F. Hawthorne, edited by Amy M Donaldson ’99M.A. and Timothy B. Sailors ’00M.A. (Eerdmans). Christian scholars offer a view of their current studies of the New Testament. Contributors include David E. Aune, ND professor of theology.

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